Compare 2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

2019 Ford Explorer
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2019 Toyota Highlander
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2019 Volkswagen Atlas
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Select style
Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 16 22 $33,479 $34,515
Explorer Base FWD 17 24 $31,394 $32,365
Explorer Limited 4WD 18 25 $43,118 $44,915
Explorer Limited FWD 19 27 $41,054 $42,765
Explorer Platinum 4WD 16 22 $51,998 $54,165
Explorer Sport 4WD 16 22 $44,760 $46,625
Explorer XLT 4WD 16 22 $35,088 $36,550
Explorer XLT FWD 17 24 $33,024 $34,400
Select style
Hybrid LE V6 AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander Hybrid LE V6 AWD 30 28 $34,256 $37,520
Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum V6 AWD 29 27 $44,903 $49,180
Highlander Hybrid Limited V6 AWD 29 27 $42,053 $46,060
Highlander Hybrid XLE V6 AWD 29 27 $38,877 $42,580
Highlander LE I4 FWD 20 24 $29,060 $31,830
Highlander LE Plus V6 AWD 20 27 $34,893 $38,220
Highlander LE Plus V6 FWD 21 27 $33,561 $36,760
Highlander LE V6 AWD 19 26 $32,265 $35,340
Highlander LE V6 FWD 20 27 $30,932 $33,880
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 AWD 20 26 $43,378 $47,510
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 FWD 21 27 $42,045 $46,050
Highlander Limited V6 AWD 20 26 $40,529 $44,390
Highlander Limited V6 FWD 21 27 $39,196 $42,930
Highlander SE V6 AWD 20 26 $38,711 $42,400
Highlander SE V6 FWD 21 27 $37,378 $40,940
Highlander XLE V6 AWD 20 26 $37,598 $41,180
Highlander XLE V6 FWD 21 27 $36,264 $39,720
Select style
2.0T S FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Atlas 2.0T S FWD 20 26 $29,628 $30,895
Atlas 2.0T SE FWD 20 26 $32,697 $34,095
Atlas 2.0T SE w/Technology FWD 20 26 $34,423 $35,895
Atlas 3.6L V6 S 4MOTION 17 23 $32,697 $34,095
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE 4MOTION 17 23 $35,766 $37,295
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE FWD 17 24 $34,039 $35,495
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 4MOTION 17 23 $37,492 $39,095
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology FWD 17 24 $35,765 $37,295
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line 4MOTION 17 23 $39,362 $41,045
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line FWD 17 24 $37,637 $39,245
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL 4MOTION 17 23 $41,425 $43,195
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL FWD 17 24 $39,698 $41,395
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL Premium 4MOTION 17 23 $46,411 $48,395
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line 4MOTION 17 23 $43,294 $45,145
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line FWD 17 24 $41,568 $43,345

Pricing

Invoice Price

$33,479
$34,256
$29,628

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$34,515
$37,520
$30,895

Monthly Payment Estimate

$575 / month
$625 / month
$515 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

4.8
6.5
6.3

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2019 Ford Explorer has many virtues, but its replacement can’t come soon enough. The 2019 Toyota Highlander delivers safety, features, comfort, and efficiency in a family-friendly package. The 2019 VW Atlas prioritizes space above pace, which makes it a must-see for families.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

16 mpg 30 mpg 20 mpg

Highway

22 mpg 28 mpg 26 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Standard SUV 4WD Standard SUV 4WD Small SUV 2WD

Interior Dimensions

Third Hip Room (in)

40.7 45.6 45.1

Second Shoulder Room (in)

61 59.6 60.8

Passenger Volume (ft³)

151.7 144.9 153.7

Front Leg Room (in)

42.9 44.2 41.5

Third Head Room (in)

37.8 35.9 38.3

Front Hip Room (in)

57.3 57.2 58.2

Third Shoulder Room (in)

50.8 55 54.9

Second Leg Room (in)

39.5 38.4 37.6

Passenger Capacity

7 8 7

Front Head Room (in)

41.4 40.7 41.3

Second Hip Room (in)

56.8 57.1 58

Front Shoulder Room (in)

61.5 59.3 61.5

Third Leg Room (in)

32 27.7 33.7

Second Head Room (in)

40.6 39.9 40.4

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

67 64.4 67.2

Min Ground Clearance (in)

8.3 8 -

Length, Overall (in)

198.3 192.5 198.3

Height, Overall (in)

70 68.1 70

Track Width, Rear (in)

67 64.2 67.8

Wheelbase (in)

112.8 109.8 117.3

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

78.9 75.8 78.3

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

21 13.8 20.6

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

43.8 42.3 55.5

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

80.7 83.7 96.8

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.8 12.2 12.2

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.8 12.9 13.2

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

18.6 17.2 18.6

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.9 38.7 38.1

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P245/60HR18 P245/60SR18 P245/60HR18

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Front Tire Size

P245/60HR18 P245/60SR18 P245/60HR18

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 3500 NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 3500 NA

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

2000 3500 NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 350 NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 350 NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4629 4398 4222

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5 18 X 8

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5 18 X 8

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

540 - -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

175 - -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

255 @ 4000 215 @ 4800 258 @ 1600

Engine Order Code

998-1 NA NA

Displacement

3.5 L/213 3.5 L/211 2.0 L/121

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

290 @ 6500 306 @ 5800 235 @ 4500

Engine Type

Regular Unleaded V-6 Gas/Electric V-6 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Sequential MPI Port/Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

18 29 22

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

22 28 26

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

16 30 20

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.65 3.54 3.60

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.84 - 1.95

Trans Type

6 1 8

Drivetrain

Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 - 1.21

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.88 - 3.99

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.87 - 3.14

Trans Order Code

44J NA NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.41 - 1.43

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.74 - 1.00

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.48 - 5.59

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- - 0.67

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- - 0.81

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Explorer Toyota Highlander Volkswagen Atlas

Body Style

Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Double Wishbone Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Double Wishbone Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

9.8 6.1 8.1

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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